OUR VIEW: Week in review
CHEERS to Mitchell High School football coach Kent VanOverschelde, who was named South Dakota Region 7 Coach of the Year during a ceremony Thursday night at the DakotaDome in Vermillion. VanOverschelde orchestrated an 8-3 record this season with the Kernels, who advanced to the second round of the state Class 11AA playoffs. This year, football seemingly generated more interest than in recent history, thanks to an exciting style of play and a host of talented players. We hope football is hereby rejuvenated in Mitchell, a town that loves its sports.
CHEERS to the Mitchell High show choir and the net result of its interesting and unique fundraiser. Choir members retrieved corn from the ground of Charles and Linda Bannwarth's cornfield, split the proceeds with the owners and earned $1,613. The corn came in the form of ears that fell to the ground and were missed by the combine this windy fall. We appreciate any group that is raising money for a good cause, but we must admit that sometimes, the methods are repetitive and tired. This was such a unique idea, and it's one that has people talking.
HISSES to a proposal that could slow mail delivery in some areas of South Dakota. According to a Daily Republic report last week, an ongoing study by the United States Postal Service could result in several regional mail processing centers being moved into one facility in Sioux Falls. This could mean the Dakota Central Processing and Distribution Center in Huron could be moving, and if that happens, it's likely to result in a slowdown of mail service. If the move happens, it's likely that some mail that now is delivered overnight will take two days to arrive, including mail sent between two addresses in Mitchell. We understand that the Postal Service is hemorrhaging cash and that losses are mounting, but we still hold out hope that solutions can be found that won't have negative effects on most of the general public. Either way, the situation brewing within the USPS is a sad one indeed.
CHEERS to all the people who worked to bring the annual Pro Hockey Celebrity Hunt to Mitchell. The event raised some $40,000 for scholarships for students, and also created a national awareness about this region's top-notch hunting. This event is a great thing for Mitchell and we wish it success in the future.